Buddhist Monk Robbed, Thrown to Ground in Philadelphia, Surveillance Footage Shows

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Surveillance footage captured a Buddhist monk chasing a thief and being thrown to the ground after he was robbed at a Philadelphia gas station, officials and reports stated Monday.

The Philadelphia Police Department provided this surveillance footage showing the moments before a Buddhist monk was robbed on Jan. 3, 2016.

The Philadelphia Police Department provided this surveillance footage showing the moments before a Buddhist monk was robbed on Jan. 3, 2016.

The 61-year-old victim, dressed in an orange robe, was purchasing lottery tickets at the Sunoco gas station on Sunday, Jan. 3, when the incident occurred, according to information the Philadelphia Police Department released Monday.

A an online publication that covers the area, that the victim was a monk.

The victim was a monk, police spokeswoman confirmed to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Surveillance footage released by police shows the attacker parking at the gas station before entering the store, walking around, then standing next to the victim as he put money into a lottery machine.

The thief then snatched $350 from the monk’s hand, according to police.

The monk can then be seen chasing the man out of the store and to the parking lot, where a struggle ensued.

The Philadelphia Police Department provided this surveillance footage showing a Buddhist monk being thrown to the ground after he was robbed on Jan. 3, 2016.

The Philadelphia Police Department provided this surveillance footage showing a Buddhist monk being thrown to the ground after he was robbed on Jan. 3, 2016.

During the physical altercation, the monk was pushed to the ground, and he sustained cuts to his legs, police said.

The attacker then runs out of frame and to a vehicle he uses to flee the scene.

The vehicle was described as a newer, dark silver Ford Mustang with the Pennsylvania tag JHY-3783, police said.

Anyone with information was asked to submit tips by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477) or texting 773847.